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Politics Without Stories : The Liberal Predicament (Hardcover) (David Ricci)

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"Liberal candidates, scholars, and activists mainly promote pragmatism rather than large and powerful narratives - which may be called 'alpha stories' for their commanding presence over time. Alternatively, conservative counterparts to such liberals tendto promote their policy preferences in alpha stories praising effective markets, excellent traditions, and limited government. In this face-off, liberals represent a post-Enlightenment world where many modern people, following Max Weber, are 'disenchanted', while many conservatives, echoing Edmund Burke, cherish stories borrowed from the past. Politics without Stories describes this storytelling gap as an electoral disadvantage for liberals because their campaigning lacks, and will continue to lack, the inspiration and shared commitments that great, long-term stories can provide. Therefore, Ricci argues that, for tactical purposes, liberals should concede their post-Enlightenment skepticism and rally around short-term stories designed to frame, in political campaigns, immediate situations which they regard as intolerable. These may help liberals win elections and influence the course of modern life"--
Number of Pages: 253
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: Rhetoric
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
Author: David Ricci
Language: English
Street Date: October 31, 2016
TCIN: 51833732
UPC: 9781107170841
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-9452
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